Thursday, May 31, 2007

...and I'm Back!

Yes! Finally, I'm done with the final exams of the final semester of the final year of my long, long journey through the educational system...!

I couldn't begin to express the train of emotions I'm going through. I could probably list some emotions that come to my mind, but I already know they'd only be what I think I feel, not what I really do. I'm sure anyone who is - or was one day - in the same position would know what I'm talking about. It's overwhelming; after being used to one exam after another and one year after another -- like checkpoints along the road; suddenly it's just you and the old dusty roads of life! No checkpoints, and no one, certain direction to assume. There's the general direction, mainly what I've been studying and what I've always wanted to be doing -- computers and programming; but that's only like knowing you have to go South or Northeast, but no specific, clear road map.

Anyway, as I'm sure you've already noticed; I did some minor modifications to the color theme of this blog, just to set it apart from the default settings. I'm not the expert in colors, but I did my best to manage something clear yet elegant. I hope I succeeded.

There's a lot going on around me that I wanna write about, and lots of stuff going on in the world that are worth writing about, at least in the technology world where my main interest lies. I'll probably be blogging a lot this summer, or at least I hope so!

On some slightly irrelevant news, I've covered some distance in my quest for The Dark Tower. Today I reached the end of the 3rd part, The Wastelands. Needless to say, I'm drawn into that world more than ever; it's simply capturing and haunting in its own way. I really can't wait to have a paper copy of this series and read it through at least 2 or 3 times; it certainly is worth it and I'm sure it'll be a new experience every time...

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Thousander Club Update: Week 9

Development Hours:

  • This week: 2/20
  • Total: 81/1000

Reading Hours:
  • This week: 21/20
  • Total: 69/1000

A very late update, and a very busy week. Finals! Need I say more? I think I'm gonna suspend the Thousander Club counter for the duration of these two weeks until I'm done with exams. It wouldn't make much sense anyway, I already know it's all studying and nothing but!

See you after 30/6 ;-)...

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Thousander Club Update: Week 8

Development Hours:

  • This week: 18/20
  • Total: 79/1000

Reading Hours:
  • This week: 0/20
  • Total: 48/1000

Yet another busy week, and the final exams keep on approaching with that uncontrollable speed of time itself. No reading time this week, but expect quite the opposite of this the next week, as I study for the exams and listen to Stephen King stories in my break time. I don't think I'll be doing lots of development hours the next week; just the occasional project work when I'm bored with everything else, but I'm sure that too will change as soon as the exams are over too...

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Thousander Club Update: Week 7

Development Hours:

  • This week: 16/20
  • Total: 61/1000

Reading Hours:
  • This week: 8/20
  • Total: 48/1000

Finally the pace is picking up again. It's been a somewhat busy week; lots of work, mostly on the project. I have also been doing some reading, hence the 8 hours. It's not much, but since I was working and I sorta needed a little outlet every once in a while, I thought what better time to start another Stephen King novel ;-).

I went for The Dark Tower series, King's magnum opus, where I started with The Gunslinger. I knew I wouldn't have enough time to read the whole thing, so I decided to go for an audio book instead. So, I practically listened to the book, for its 8 hours duration. I don't know whether reading it would have been faster or slower, but it's certainly much less exhausting to listen to it, especially that I needed my strength for the actual work. Needless to say, the book was deep, enjoyable, and simply amazing! It's a little different from his other works that I've read, but it's got the same amount of creativity nonetheless.

I might go for the next part this week, The Drawing Of The Three, but only if I didn't think it would be too distracting. I can't wait to read the rest of the series, though, and I'm definitely gonna want to own a hard copy of it...